Normalcy is always one PactTite away.......(9 posts)
Been avidly avoiding setting my apartment straight. Yes, I think I have a success story and YES I am actually a happier person post bedbug fever.
The problem is this: enjoying myself @bedbugger.com/indulging in creative pleasure/working- VS. -
dealing with my “The Wreck of the Hesperus” apartment.
Okay, that's a bit dramatic. I just reread the Longfellow poem! My place ain't that bad. But is anyone feeling me?
Definately! Everything I own has been treated and is sitting out on the floors packed in Ziplocs. This makes it extremely difficult to have people into my house as it looks odd to say the least. Even though I think my house is clear I am reluctant to unpack for fear that I was become reinfested and have to do everything all over again. Plus taking the time from trying to keep up with everything else (it takes twice as long to clean or vacuum as everything has to be moved to get under it) would be hard. Strangely it gives me comfort to have everything "protected" although gradually a few things are making their way onto hangers and back into closets with no dire consequences. Think I will leave everything packed up until I am absolutely sure my car is clear too.
Think I will leave everything packed up until I am absolutely sure my car is clear too.
bbgirl--your the best. Never thought that I'd find myself smiling about the fact that I'd never learned how to drive!!! ....................It's not written in stone but some buggers might be surprised to learn this equation: life spent in nyc + "it's a girl" + afl-cio background = never learned to drive. I'm still a pedestrian and I'm glad.
But yeah, what a drag about the bags. And ain't it kinda sad--PackTite as centerpiece in the middle of the front room floor. Come on bugger's--I need some help. I confess to fear of vacuuming. I confess that my fear of vacuuming is based inside the canister of the vacuum.
If I place the baseboard Attachment onto the Hose of my Eureka-The Boss-- and I actually plug the wire of my Eureka-what a sucker-into the surge protector and step lightly on the switch and apply this to the crevices where the floor is pulling away from the wall......... is anyone else feeling me?
Okay-- lets say I've finished vacuuming the apartment. WE ALL KNOW the next step......remove the disposable bag, slap a wide piece of blue painter's tape over the opening and bag the bag with a tight knot. Run down the stairs and walk out to the street; ( play it cool--non-chalant). Go to the nearest city trash can and let go of the bag.
Know, here is the problem: it's all about the vacuum canister. I CAN'T FLUSH THE CANISTER WITH THE POT OF PRE-BOILED WATER THAT IS SITTING ON THE STOVE IN THE KITCHEN, now can I? That would mean good bye little vacuum...or worse --what if I forgot to pull out the plug? See what I mean?
Nobugs really is the best. Were it not for this fine web address I would not have figured out the answer to the question that I just posted about, now would I? Because I enjoy posting on these boards I (eureka) suddenly realize that the canister is no big deal. I just grab my LED flashlight and turn the canister open end up. With an iron will I make a quick but thorough inspection of the canister with my LED flashlight. Next: I apply 91% alcohol soaked Bounty paper towels to the canister and wipe it clean.
Well maybe I'm just a lousy m*fk*ing housekeeper. I'll keep it posted==gotta vacuum..............
Still haven't vacuumed. It's not because I am afraid. I THINK THAT I'M HOOKED ON THIS SITE.
I'm also not 100% sure about my apartment and then I am reminded that life does't work that way.
(sometimes I wonder if I should stay away from this site for awhile)
I'm done (for the moment) of posting like a crack head.
NOBUGS..............do you have some sage input to help me at this juncture?
(My daughter came to the apartment early this evening. I'm PactTiting some of her clothes for pick-up tomorrow--packed in XXlarge ziplocks. It seems I afford my kid much more care than I do myself.)
Widely advised on the site to use a nylon stocking on the attachment end of the hose secured carefuly by the attachment so that any bugs will be caught inside the stocking before being sucked into the vacuum itself. I tried this and it didn't seem to affect the suction power very much if at all and the stocking can be tied off and discarded when you are done without having to discard the whole vacuum bag which can be expensive. It's a bit of a nuisance but your vacuum would not get infested. It works best to get organised to do a "marathon" of vacuuming non stop. I would worry about turning the suction off and walking away even for a short time as any bugs would be pretty close to the end to escape again.
Thanks for your kind words.
I am not sure I entirely understand. Do you have a vacuum with a bag or with a bagless canister?
It's got a disposable bag and I finally vacuumed before reading bbgirl's post about the stocking.
I slapped some wide painters tape on the bag after taking it outta the canister and tied it tightly in a plastic bag. Next I removed the circular steel woolish filter and bagged that for washing. Lastly I wiped out the canister with a few bounties (this was done with some care) and sprayed a little Bedlam into the canister --for good luck. Oh yeah, I also sprayed a little bedlam into the hose, pretty ridiculous right? But right and smart I wrapped the hose into a plastic bag and tied that up into a nice-n'-rite knot.
I also slapped some thick painter's tape over the opening in the canister due to the bagged hose. The stupid news is that at some point in all of this I got distracted and some time went by before I bagged the hose or maybe it was the taping of the canister opening after I detached the hose. What do you think about bbgirls suggestion about the pulled stocking thing? I'd heard about stretched stockings as sieves in heroin cutting factories. Maybe I just saw it in the movies. Glad to read that stretched stockings may actually do some good. Nobugs, could they be hibernating in the floor/wall crevices? Should I be thinking about calking at this point?
Hope you catch this post--I never noticed it. And THANKS for my status upgrade. I love it. I'm a junior member at bedbugger.com. I'll try an be a good and helpful bugger--won't be a know it all cuz I'm not.
I will do my best to keep my chuckle head posts as appropriate as I can..... I went to a local art college in 1992 and earned a degree.That and a metro card gets me on the train. But I did have take one science class called 'Brains and the Mind'. The teacher confirmed my theory that I likely did cause some permanent damage to my synapsis!
Thanz nobugs--Happy Holidays!
bbgirl's suggestion came from entomologist Mark Sheperdigian. It's well-received around here I think.
It's important not to use a nylon with runs or holes, of course, which would defeat the purpose.
I am not an expert on caulking but you can click the tag above to see some posts. Look for those from KillerQueen in particular. As I understand it, caulking after the problem is thoroughly treated seems to be preferred.
Finally, in order to not miss updates to threads you want to follow, click "subscribe to topic by email" when you post or respond (it's a box under the edit box). That way you will get an alert when someone updates -- but not for every update after that, unless you come in to look.
Thanx nobugs. I agree that stocking thing sounds like a real good trick. Nice good quality stocking runs and wham, a perfect solution for the portion of stocking than didn't. Lets see a bedbug try an run outta that!
bbgirl, you named your self well. Thanks for paying that forward girlfriend!
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